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At Holy Trinity, we recognize that one of the best gifts God has given us is each other. We believe we were made to love and support each other and to learn together. Because of this, the foundation of our congregation's learning is inter-generational. Our Faith Formation Team helps plan events and programs for all ages to Grow Together in Faith.
This will be my last column written on behalf of the Faith Formation Team. It has been a joy to work with this group over the past two years, on the intergenerational GIFT ministry, on the visioning process, and most recently on the revamped Children’s, Youth and Adult Forums and Confirmation Class. Along the way, we have had two successful Vacation Bible Schools, an All Saints’ Saturday celebration, two Confirmation Camps, an Easter Vigil, and a Christmas pageant (with another on Sunday!).
Holy Trinity is a congregation that cares deeply about the Christian formation of its children and youth, and is also committed to lifelong learning. Bible studies, movie nights, retreats, and other adult formation programs are well and steadily attended. Special events like the lectures on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation are eagerly received.
Too many people to name, including all the past and present members of the Faith Formation Team, step up to make these things happen day in and day out. And the rest of the congregation strikes a remarkable balance between making your wishes and opinions about Faith Formation clear, while also gamely pitching in to give the latest idea a try – and most of the time, having fun and learning something in the process!
We have been glad to see the renewed participation in the Forums in response to the changes that were discerned in the visioning process, while also being aware that there are still many beloved traditions that have fallen by the wayside during the interim period, and many new and exciting possibilities that Holy Trinity might want to explore once the new Pastor has arrived. So, as I transition out of this ministry, my farewell message is – keep up the good work! Keep being curious, keep learning, keep teaching each other, keep being involved, and keep being open to new things.